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Analyzing the relationship between globalization and cultures is the core objective of this volume. In it leading experts track cultural trends in all regions of the world, covering issues ranging from the role of cultural difference in politics and governance to heritage conservation, artistic expression, and the cultural industries. The book also includes a data section that consolidates the recently commenced but still inchoate work of cultural indicators.

Globalization and the European Social Model
Globalization and the European social model
AnthonyGiddens

Underlying the European Social Model (or ESM) is a general set of values: sharing risk widely across society; containing the inequalities that might threaten social solidarity; protecting the most vulnerable through active social intervention; cultivating consultation rather than confrontation in industry; and providing a rich framework of social and economic citizenship rights for the population as a whole. Globalization, therefore, threatens not only the ‘social’ in the ESM but also the cultural values the model embodies. In contrast to the recent past, when the cultural, social and the economic were more aligned, the present sees the rise of conflicting pressures and trends that might threaten the very survival of the ESM. With the cultural–social ...

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